How is the Deciphering of Secret Codes Related to Auto Repair?
Well, here at British American Auto Care we don't really get involved in deciphering secret codes, just diagnosing car problems, but I do not think there is a day when our free courtesy van does not visit NSA, the National Security Agency. Actually, I should say we drop someone off just outside one of their gates. It seems that like the parking lots spread for miles just like BWI airport.
Our customers that work at NSA don't talk about what they do, but they often mention the National Cryptologic Museum that is housed in what used to be a motel. It was said that NSA brought the motel because Russian agents were staying there!
Using NSA words:
"Visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked. For the visitor, some events in American and world history will take on a new meaning. For the cryptologic professional, it is an opportunity to absorb the heritage of the profession".
If you would like to learn about what was done in the past be sure to take one of the tours. Most of the time a volunteer will take you round and give you some amazing insight into the cryptological profession and their achivements.
This is a great place to take someone from out of town, it is easy to get to on Route 32 and most people get a kick out going somewhere close to the NSA. They have a gift shop so you can come away with something with their logo on. The NSA is quite open compared to the secrecy that enveloped the agency in years gone by. Plus, they have a website where you can find out more.
Yes, our deciphering is limited to car problems, but there is a cool place right here in Howard County where you can learn about some top secret code cracking that took place in our history.
photo courtesy of the NSA